I thought I would not want to write about this, but it looks like I have to now.
In the course of discussing the Chow Chow situation today, I was blamed by this staff from the shelter that the rehoming of the Ketam dogs in Bentong has not turned out the way they had expected it to.
She said the dogs have all gone missing and are skinny now. She also said that their chairperson is very “pissed” by this.
The dogs have “gone missing” because they have been let free to roam on the farm. Whenever we visit, it has not been possible for us to locate them though we do see a few around the enclosure. The farm is 85 acres.
Some of the dogs are skinny – I have already reported this in last month’s visit and this, I believe, is due to the fact that they have to adjust to the vegetarian diet.
I hope I don’t have to repeat myself anymore (and I’m truly getting very tired of saying this now) – we had no choice but to rehome the dogs there despite all the limitations (especially the vegetarian diet) because the shelter was going to euthanise them all. What choice did we have then?
We already knew this Bentong farm was not an ideal place for the dogs. Yet, between euthanasia and letting them live out their natural lives in a no-kill sanctuary, I chose the lesser of the two evils.
If the shelter is unhappy about this, and their chairperson is “pissed”, are they doing anything about it now? After all, didn’t they also rehome two batches of their own dogs in Bentong after we did ours?
In our previous visit, I have asked the shelter to send a vet up to evaluate the situation and condition of the dogs, so that we can do something constructive, but there was no vet in their team. Instead, there was a vet in the Kechara team who came with us, and I have asked him to recommend a vitamin supplement which we will supply in our next visit.
So much for complaining and finger-pointing, which I find extremely immature and unbeneficial. It is very easy to blame others when things go wrong – that’s the most convenient thing to do.
I would prefer to put our heads together and work out a solution to the problem since what’s done is already done. At that moment in time, that was the best solution we could think of. There is no such thing as a right or wrong solution – there is only a “best possible solution” given the constraints and circumstances of the situation at the time.
As for the Chow Chow, I have already done my best to raise the RM400 as pledged, and I will honour this pledge despite all the scathing remarks hurled at me today. But I am now told that this money is not needed anymore, and that she is going to ask the vet to put the dog down. That would be her call, definitely not mine.
As with all the other animals we have helped, I have also repeatedly asked for adopters for this Chow Chow. There has been no response so far, so what else can I do? We do not have a shelter or a sanctuary. We operate from our own homes. Just because we managed to rehome Abby and Super, does that mean we MUST be able to rehome this Chow Chow? Is that fair? Haven’t I already done my part in asking for adopters?
To accuse me of being a “killer” just because I am not able to find a home for this Chow Chow (which by the way, is THEIR shelter dog) is extremely unfair and preposterous.
The silver lining behind this momentary dark cloud is this – I am sure this shelter will not be asking for my help again. I also would not want to bear the heartache of having helped them, and to receive these brickbats from them.